2014 State Election

On March 15, you will be voting in the state election. The results of the election will have significant impacts on your work, our health system and on the well being of all South Australians.

Our Health Policy Position Statement has been in the hands of the major parties since October and with it our concerns and suggestions for the development of a sustainable and successful public health and hospital system.

The detailed statement is available here.

Both major parties have now responded to this statement:

The ANMF (SA Branch) is independent and unaffiliated with any political party but we will fight on behalf of, you, our members for rights in the workplace and the wider desire for a universal health care system which gives equal access to all South Australians.

To read our analysis of each party’s response, click here.

To read the CEO/Secretary’s editorial from February’s InTouch, click here.

Each MP was also asked about their party’s priorities for our health system, their plans for the privatisation or outsourcing of health services and if they would support your workplace rights.

We hope that you will take the time to review these commitments, and our comments regarding them, so that you and the rest of the SA community are assisted to make informed choices based on accurate information.

UPDATE: The State Election campaign has formally commenced, with each major party beginning to reveal the policies relevant to nurses, midwives, personal care assistants and the wider South Australian community.

The Liberal party has confirmed it will not reduce public sector numbers by more 5,170 full time equivalent staff over the next four years, which is identical to the figure the Labor party announced in its 2013-14 Budget.

The Liberal party has said it will confirm an exact figure prior to the March state election. Click here to read the Liberal party’s full public sector policy document.

The ANMF (SA Branch) welcomes this clarity. However, we still do not have a comprehensive health policy from the Liberal Party.

The Labor party’s healthcare policy has been released and is available for viewing here.

The ANMF (SA Branch) welcomes the Labor party’s commitment to training and employing new nurse practitioners and developing further out of hospital strategies. However, we would welcome more specific details on these commitments, including the number of nurse practitioners to be trained and employed if Labor wins government.

These issues are particularly relevant given the ANMF (SA Branch) has been lobbying for improvements in these areas for some time, highlighted in this news footage from last Friday.

Penalty Rates

As you may already know, there have been attempts in recent times to attack penalty rates paid to some workers. The vast majority of nurses, midwives and care workers receive penalty rates for weekend and shift work – and for working on public holidays.

The risk of such an attack following the election in SA has driven our recent request for commitments from all parties and independents in the current State Parliament. Almost all have responded to the 3 questions that we asked in relation to protecting your working conditions – including penalty rates.

To view the responses, click here.